- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona’s environmental regulatory agency has launched a recently extended and revamped state program for removing old and potentially leaking underground fuel storage tanks free of charge.

The Arizona Department of Quality says the restructuring results from 2013 legislation to temporarily extend a penny-a-gallon gasoline tax and 2015 legislation that went further by renewing the tax until 2024 and making other changes.

The program is an attempt to protect the environmental and remove barriers to redevelopment of sites such as old gas stations by eliminating potential leaks of gasoline and diesel fuel into soil or groundwater.

Changes to the program include extending an application deadline and authorizing the department to remove old or unused tanks, conduct soil testing and set baselines to determine whether a tank is leaking.

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